TMA has endorsed Covisint DocSite, an automated, easy way to collect and submit quality measure data and apply for a bonus under the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS).
In 2011, reporting for PQRS will earn physicians 1 percent of their total allowed charges for Medicare Physician Fee Schedule services. Physicians who do not report data to PQRS will see a 1.5-percent cut in their Medicare payments in 2015. That penalty increases to 2 percent in 2016 and subsequent years.
DocSite's web-based application can help practices of all sizes, from solo to large multispecialty groups, and can accommodate electronic and paper data-collection methods.
DocSite allows you to use data you already capture during patient encounters. All you have to do is register with DocSite at no up-front cost, then select your measures for 30 unique patients. You'll answer four to 10 questions for each patient, recording your answers in DocSite. The application reviews the collected data each time you save it to make sure you've met the minimum reporting criteria before allowing you to submit your data.
TMA members pay a discounted fee per physician upon submission. New users pay $300 (a $50 discount; use code TMAPQRS11). Returning users pay $185 (call TMA at  880-7955 to arrange this).
Most practices already have all the data they need to qualify for the PQRS incentive but may not realize how little time or effort it takes to input the data into a user-friendly portal such as DocSite. You can get started now by registering with DocSite. If you have any questions regarding PQRS or your TMA discount, submit your contact information to DocSite, and a DocSite expert will contact you directly.
For more information, call the TMA Knowledge Center at (800) 880-7955.
For more details on the deadlines for submitting PQRS data and complying with other new regulations from commercial insurers and state and federal agencies, check out TMA's new Calendar of Doom.
Action, Nov. 1, 2011